Chairperson : Dr Tinashe Muteveri

Programmes offered within the department

Undergraduate Degree

  • Bsc Biological Sciences Honours Degree
  • Bachelor Of Science In Applied Biosciences And Biotechnology Honours Degree

OBJECTIVES

After completing the BSc (hon) in Biological Sciences programme, students should:

  • Be able to work in Biology related fields.
  • Be able to confidently teach Biology up to A level.
  • Be prepared for Post-graduate degree(s) in Biological Sciences Provide solution to environmental problems.
  • Develop skills and attitudes that enable them to participate actively in the development of the country.

B.Sc HONOURS IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

The department offers a four year programme that is divided into four levels.

Level I – introductory modules that are prerequisites for subsequent levels. In order to proceed to Level II a student must pass 8 credits including all the core modules.

Level II -All the major branches of Biology will be taught and these will prepare students for Level IV. In order to proceed to level III, a student should pass 10 credits.

Level III -Students will be on work related learning for a period of 10 months. In order to proceed to Level IV the student must fulfill the requirements of work related learning in terms of continuous assessments and reports.

Level IV -The student will select modules worth 10 credits. In addition the student would do compulsory modules in Biomathematics and Marketing as well as the Project.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Normal Entry

In order to qualify for acceptance to the BSc (Honours) degree in Biological Sciences, a student should possess the following qualifications:

Normal entry

Passes at A level in Biology and any one of the following subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or Geography.

Special entry

The following persons may apply for Special entry and for permission to proceed to a first degree with exemption from the whole or part of the normal entry requirements:-

A person who has obtained a degree of this or another University or degree awarding institution.

A person who has obtained from another University or an Institution of similar status, academic qualifications (other than degrees) acceptable to Senate. These may include a diploma in the following fields: Education ,Forestry, Fisheries, Entomology, Food Science & Biological Sciences.

Students who qualify under this regulation for Special Entry may apply to Senate to be exempted from certain modules and examinations. Refer to Mature entry section below.

Mature entry

Persons who are at least 25 years of age on the first day of the academic year in which admission is sought and who are not eligible for entry under the Normal or Special Entry Regulations may apply for Mature Entry provided that:

Applicants must have passed at least five approved O level subjects including English Language and Mathematics (or equivalents) and must have demonstrated potential suitability for University studies by virtue of their attainments and/or relevant work experience.

Normally, applicants should have completed their full-time school or college education at least five years before the start of the academic year in which admission is sought.

Applicants who wish to be considered under the Mature Entry provisions may be required to attend interviews and/or special tests at the University designed to assess their command of the English Language, numerate and reasoning ability and general suitability for admission to the Bachelor s degree studies.

Applicants who have previously attended Mature Entry tests and/or interviews without success will not be considered for admission under this form of entry unless in the intervening period they have acquired additional qualifications and/or experience.

If you would like to apply for the programme Download Application Material

CAREER PROSPECTS

Graduates with the BSc Honours degree in Biological Sciences can be employed as the following:

research scientists in research institutions and medical laboratories, ecologists with National Parks or environmental organizations, microbiologists in the food and pharmaceutical industries, geneticists in plant and animal breeding ,entomologists in research institutions,parasitologists in research institutions and medical laboratories, curators in various disciplines in the Natural History Museum,botanists in research institutions and National Parks, and lecturers in Technical colleges as well as A Level Biology teachers.

CONTACT DETAILS

The Chairperson

Department of Biological Sciences

Midlands State University

P.Bag 9055

Gweru

Zimbabwe

Tel +263 54 260409 / +263 54 260450/ +263 54 260667 ext

Department Staff

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